It’s fair to say that I’m getting there really slowly, but as I say all along, every little bit helps. No excuses really, but being on a road trip slows my hand stitching time down. And as for the weather – I’m sure that we have never had such high temperatures covering New Zealand. I know it’s summer, but I feel rather like a melting ice-cream must feel, as I drip away into a puddle each day. That’s what I imagine it must feel like, anyway!
Getting there with my stitching
This is what I’ve done so far on my Karaka Wreath block, a New Zealand tree design by Jenny Hunter. Just got to add some veins to the leaves, and then stitch some orange karaka berries. Hopefully I’ll get it completed next week.
We saw some “yarn bombing” on our travels. Sometimes it seems very popular ad then just seems to fade away. Because I’m quite a slow knitter myself, I have to wonder why other knitters go to so much trouble to cover trees and such? Possibly just because they can, I expect.
Yarn bombed tree
Recently we took a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. We paid our money and bought our tickets – sadly no discounts for seniors. Climbing aboard into that swinging capsule, we were soon on our way, soaring high. Up, up, up we went, skimming the steep rocky cliffs of Mt Cavendish, and looking down on wonderful views over Christchurch.
One going up, and one coming down
We made it safely to the top (of course we did) and went out onto the viewing platform. This goes right around the building and gives 360deg views of the city, Lyttlelton Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and across to the Southern Alps. The day was a little hazy, but even so, the views were still amazing.
Rather hazy view from the top
After lunch in the Red Rock Café, we followed the other tourists down the steps to an open area where everyone seemed to be taking selfies at the cliff edge. So we did too, after all, we needed a couple to send to the grand-daughters to show them what we are getting up to.
So that’s what we have been up to lately. Still travelling and having fun, with a little stitching thrown into the mix, now and again.